He prefers a more direct approach, and fails to see that Annapolis represents another road to the same goal he is pursuing through other means. “Al-Qaeda tape rejects Annapolis,” from the BBC (thanks to all who sent this in):
Al-Qaeda’s deputy leader has purportedly said Arab leaders have betrayed the Palestinians by attending US-hosted Middle East talks last month.
In an internet audio message attributed to Ayman al-Zawahiri, Muslims are urged to reject the talks.
The Annapolis conference has kicked off the first major Israeli-Palestinian peace drive in seven years.
Most Arab nations, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia, attended the talks.
“The Arab states and governments were present as false witnesses to the latest of the treacherous deals to sell Palestine,” the message says.
It was posted on Islamist web sites on Friday.
The message calls on Muslims to “stand with your brothers in Palestine… and do not leave them alone in the face of… the compromising rulers and the Crusader-Zionist aggression”.
Previous messages attributed to Zawahiri have urged Muslims to unite in global jihad – holy struggle – and for the governments of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to be overthrown.